Sirius Satellite Radio

  1. Sirius XM Still Facing Legal Challenges Over Five-Year-Old Merger

    April 04, 2012 6:28 PM EDT More than five years after Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio announced a merger that would create the mega-satellite radio network Sirius XM, the company is still in court defending the marriage. On Monday, Sirius XM filed a brief to t ...

  2. Exclusive: Merlin Settles With Sirius for $1.6 Million

    April 04, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Independent rights group Merlin has settled its copyright-infringement lawsuit against Sirius Satellite Radio for $1.6 million. The class action lawsuit stemmed from Stiletto, a hand-held receiver that allowed Sirius subscribers to record audio br ...

  3. About us

    March 22, 2012 8:17 AM EDT Billboard.biz, a 24/7 extension of Billboard magazine, is the music industry's premiere news source. It also covers every aspect of the entertainment space as it pertains to everyone from brand marketers and ad agencies to record labels and c ...

  4. Gary Slaight of Slaight Communications To Be Honored At 2012 Juno Awards

    December 01, 2011 12:59 PM EST Gary Slaight, whose family built a radio empire in Canada and has donated millions to various music, youth and arts initiatives, will be honoured with the 2012 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Scie ...

  5. Business Matters: DISH Picks Odd Time to Show Interest In Pandora

    June 28, 2011 8:47 PM EDT DISH Picks Odd Time to Show Interest in Pandora -- According to numerous media reports, satellite television operator DISH Network may buy an interest in, or outright acquire, personalized Internet radio company Pandora Media. The comment made by ...

  6. Arcade Fire, Neil Young, Colin Stetson Among Polaris Prize Nominees

    June 16, 2011 3:56 PM EDT Arcade Fire, Neil Young, Sloan, Stars, Ron Sexsmith and Black Mountain are among the 40 artists that made the 2011 Polaris Music Prize long-list, revealed today at a press conference in Toronto hosted by CBC Radio's Grant Lawrence. The winner ...

  7. The .Biz Q&A: NXNE's Managing Director Andy McLean

    June 16, 2011 12:57 PM EDT Three months after the music industry converged on Toronto for the business-heavy Canadian Music Week (CMW), the city is hosting another music festival and conference, North By Northeast (NXNE). Now in its 17th year, the confab has grown to includ ...

  8. Howard Stern Sues Sirius XM, Claims He Was Stiffed On Stock

    March 23, 2011 7:20 AM EDT In 2004, before Howard Stern signed a blockbuster deal with Sirius Satellite Radio, he thought about retiring. Instead, he took a "significant risk" and went with Sirius. The moment is captured in a lawsuit filed today in New York Superi ...

  9. DAR.fm Launches, 'TiVo for Music Streaming'

    February 24, 2011 4:44 PM EST Michael Robertson, the entrepreneur behind MP3.com and MP3Tunes -- both of which drew music industry lawsuits for copyright infringement -- is at it again, today launching a new service that will let users record and save music from streaming Inte ...

  10. Sirius, XM To Merge In Canada

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST More than two years after Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Radio merged in the United States to form Sirius XM Inc., Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., XM Canada’s parent company, has announced a definitive agreement to combine Sirius Canada Inc ...

  11. Karkwa Wins Polaris Music Prize

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Montreal indie rock act Karkwa took home the Polaris Music Prize for its fourth album, "Les Chemins de Verre" or "The Glass Paths" (Audiogram). The ceremony was held last night (Sept. 20) at CTV's Concert Hall at the Mason ...

  12. Caribou, Broken Social Scene Make Polaris Prize Shortlist

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 10 Canadian albums that made the shortlist for the annual Polaris Music Prize have been unveiled. Five previous nominees make the shortlist - the Besnard Lakes, Broken Social Scene, Caribou, Owen Pallett and Shad. Pallett won in 2006 as Final ...

  13. Free Buffett Concert Tickets Gone; eBay Bans Sale

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tickets to Jimmy Buffett's free concert to show support for the oil spill-stricken Gulf Coast were grabbed up quickly Wednesday (June 23) and began showing up for sale on eBay for more than $100 each - prompting the online service to ban the ...

  14. Web Trends: Tommy Mottola, Eminem, Shakira, Rihanna, Obama and More

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT FOR THE RECORD On April 27, Billboard published in its “Web Trends” section a report that certain allegations about Tommy Mottola had been made on Twitter, then withdrawn and attributed to an “impostor” who had hacked into the Twitter account. Bil ...

  15. Sirius Posts Profit, Sees Big Subscriber Growth

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sirius XM Radio Inc posted its first quarterly profit since its merger and said it expects to add 500,000 new subscribers in 2010 as the recovery in the car market boosts demand for satellite radio. The results suggest that the company, run by med ...

  16. @MIDEM: How Peter Gelb Transformed The Met Opera

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Peter Gelb, GM of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, revealed details during the MidemNet conference in Cannes of the Met's success with cinecasting of live opera. The former president of Sony Classical joined the Met in 2005, admitting that ...

  17. Best Of The 2000s: Part 1

    December 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 22 ...

  18. Canadian Publishers Suing XM Satellite Radio

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Canadian music publishers are suing XM Satellite Radio seeking unpaid royalties dating back to 2005. CSI, a group representing the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA) and Montreal-based Society for Reproduction Rights of Autho ...

  19. Canadian Copyright Board Issues Royalty Decision

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Copyright Board issued a royalty decision dealing with satellite radio today, concluding these services should pay 6.2% of revenues for the use of music. "This is lower than the total equivalent rates of 7.1% set by the board, th ...

  20. Sirius XM Takes $4.8 Billion Writedown In Q3

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sirius XM reported a third quarter net loss of $4.88 billion, or $1.93 a share. A year earlier, prior to Sirius Satellite Radio's merger with XM, Sirius lost $119.6 million, or 8 cents. The current loss includes a $4.8 billion impairment char ...

  21. Polaris Music Prize Hits The Small Screen

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Canada's album of the year award, the Polaris Music Prize, is to be screened on TV. The Sept. 29 award ceremony will hit Canadian television tomorrow (Nov. 8) courtesy of the Citytv channels. The show, a condensed version of the awards event ...

  22. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: MC Styles P, T.I., Ryan Leslie

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - MC Styles P is set to release a new mixtape entitled "Phantom Gangster Chronicles, Volume 1" via Koch Records on Nov. 11. The project will be a CD/DVD combination including nine previously unreleased cuts and six new videos from Styles ...

  23. Eminem Returns To Rap

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Emimem's return to hip-hop is now official. After months of rumors, the MC announced the title for his sixth album, "Relapse," last night (Oct. 15) during an on-air launch party for his book, "The Way I Am" via Orion Books ...

  24. New Eminem Album May Get '08 Release

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After years away from the limelight, Eminem may be releasing a new album this year. The MC admitted he's been producing for his Shady Records artists and himself during a recent appearance on his Sirius satellite radio station, Shade 45, to c ...

  25. Sirius Completes Merger With XM

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The much-discussed, long-awaited merger of equals is done. Sirius Satellite Radio this morning (July 29) completed its $3.3 billion absorption of direct competitor XM Satellite Radio in an all-stock deal that took nearly 18 months to wind through ...

  26. FCC Approves Satellite Merger

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The FCC waited until just before 9 p.m. ET Friday evening (July 25) to announce the long-awaited merger between Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio was approved by a 3-2 conditional vote by the Commissioners, clearing the way for one big ...

  27. Promotional Value Of Music On Radio: $2.4 Billion

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One day after the contentious Performance Rights Act sailed through the House Subcommittee on Courts , the Internet and Intellectual Property, NAB president and CEO David Rehr pegged the promotional value of music broadcast on terrestrial radio at ...

  28. Martin Gives Specifics On Satellite Merger

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT FCC chairman Kevin Martin on Monday (June 16) said he will recommend to his four fellow commissioners approval of the Sirius Satellite Radio merger with XM Satellite Radio after executives at the two entities agreed to a series of conditions that ...

  29. '80s-Themed Regeneration Tour Set For Summer Run

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Human League, Belinda Carlisle, ABC, Dead Or Alive, A Flock of Seagulls and Naked Eyes will tour this summer as part of the inaugural '80s-themed Regeneration Tour, scheduled to begin Aug. 1 at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix. Ticket prices ...

  30. Sirius, XM Merger Approved By DOJ

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sirius Satellite Radio's $5 billion buyout of rival XM Satellite Radio received the Justice Department's green light Monday as government lawyers found that the combined company competes against a broad universe of electronic entertainme ...

  31. Satellite Radio In Limbo

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mel Karmazin, the charismatic CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio, has more than just a stalled merger on his mind. He's also wondering what it's going to cost to keep his star talker, Howard Stern, on board. "Great content costs money,&q ...

  32. Copyright Board Sets XM, Sirius Royalty Rates

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Copyright Royalty Board today decided new royalty rates for sound recordings broadcast via satellite radio stations. The rates set the amount that XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio must pay to SoundExchange, the non-profit org ...

  33. Sirius Links Sonos

    August 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sirius Satellite Radio programming is now available on the Sonos in-home digital music system, without the need to add a satellite antenna. The programming is, instead, transmitted over the Internet. The Sonos system connects directly to the Inter ...

  34. XM CEO Hugh Panero Exits

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT XM Satellite Radio CEO Hugh Panero, one of XM's founders, will be leaving the company in August. Nate Davis, current XM president and COO, has been named interim CEO. In February, XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio announced that t ...

  35. Satcasters To Offer A La Carte Programming

    July 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Hoping to win favor with federal regulators and win approval of their proposed merger, Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio have offered to implement a la carte programming as a combined company. The offer is part of a broader pricing and ...

  36. Billy Talent, Lavigne Win Big At MuchMusic Video Awards

    June 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Toronto rock group Billy Talent was the big winner at the 18th Annual MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto on Sunday (June 17), taking home three trophies. The WEA band, which had led the nominations with five nods, won honors for top video, the Much ...

  37. XM Suspends Opie & Anthony For On-Air Comments

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT XM Radio has suspended Gregg "Opie" Hughes and Anthony Cumia, hosts of "The Opie & Anthony Show," and ceased broadcast of the show for 30 days, effective immediately. XM said in a statement today it "deplored the comme ...

  38. Karmazin Reiterates Sirius/XM Merger Benefits

    April 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Making another appearance in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday morning (April 17) regarding the proposed merger of his company, Sirius Satellite Radio and competitor XM Satellite Radio, Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin this time appeared before the Senate Commi ...

  39. Alabama Reps Oppose XM, Sirius Merger

    March 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Alabama House of Representatives has voiced opposition to the proposed merger of XM Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio. House members unanimously passed a resolution this morning urging the U.S. Attorney General and the FCC to oppose the merger ...

  40. Publishers Sue XM Satellite Radio

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A group of music publishers sued XM Satellite Radio over the XM + MP3 service late today (March 22). EMI Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Sony/ATV Music and Famous Music claim they want to "put an end to the pervasive and willful copy ...

  41. Sprint Nextel To Drop Sirius Programming

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Wireless operator Sprint Nextel has informed subscribers is a recent billing statement that it plans to drop the streaming music service provided by Sirius Satellite Radio, and replace it with 10 channels of genre-based music from another, as-yet- ...

  42. Plugged and Unplugged

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Plugged: Merger Mania The merger bug hit the music industry hard this week with the newly proposed $4.9 billion merger between Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio. While regulators and consumer advocates immediately fall into a defensive ...

  43. Sirius, XM Agree To Merger

    February 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST More than two years of merger rumors came to fruition Monday (Feb. 19) as Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio announced that the two FCC-licensed companies have entered into a definitive agreement, under which the companies will be combi ...

  44. Sirius Pays Stern $83 Million Stock Bonus

    January 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sirius Satellite Radio paid Howard Stern a bonus worth nearly $83 million on Tuesday (Jan 9) for surpassing subscriber goals set in a 2004 contract that had already turned heads with its $500 million compensation package. The freewheeling and riba ...

  45. XM Adds 1.7M Subs In '06, Falls Short Of Projections

    January 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Based on preliminary results, XM Satellite Radio Friday (Jan. 5) reported it added 1.7 million new subscribers in 2006 -- 442,000 coming in Q4 -- giving them a total subscriber base of 7.6 million. The year-end total fell short of the satcaster� ...

  46. Sirius Q3 Revs Soar, Subs Up 135%

    November 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Revenue soared 150% to $167.1 million. Sirius Satellite Radio's total revenue soared 150% to $167.1 million during the third quarter, which ended Sept. 30, compared to the $66.8 million in revenue earned during the same period in 2005. Sirius ...

  47. Radio Mixshow Confab Continues

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT DJ panel talks branding. The Power Summit, the four-day radio mixshow conference staple that's celebrating its ninth year, kicked off Oct. 4 in the Domincan Republic, and featured panels such as Friday's (Oct. 6) "Beyond Just Being ...

  48. Sirius Raises Subscriber Forecast

    August 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Q2 numbers show jump in subscribers, losses, revenue. Sirius Satellite Radio Tuesday (Aug. 1) raised its year-end subscriber forecast to 6.3 million, from 6.2 million. Early in the year, the radio service forecast it would have 6 million subscribe ...

  49. XM Posts Quarter Loss, Slashes Sub Forecast

    July 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Net loss $229 million, $147 million a year ago. XM Satellite Radio posted an expanded second quarter net loss, fueled, in part, by over $100 million in non-operating charges stemming from a debt restructuring. The company, which currently claims 7 ...

  50. McMurtry, Cash, Crowell Top Americana Noms

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Show is set for Sept. 22. James McMurtry tops the nominees for the fifth annual Americana Honors & Awards, revealed yesterday (June 15) in Nashville. McMurtry earned three nominations for album, artist and song of the year. Rosanne Cash, Rodne ...

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